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May 26, 2004

Construction-zone safeguards adopted for dump trucks

TUMWATER — The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has begun requiring new safeguards to better protect construction workers from dump trucks that are backing up.

Six workers have been killed in Washington since 1999 when they were backed over by dump trucks, including two last year in King County. The deaths occurred despite the trucks being equipped with audible back-up alarms.

The new requirements, which L&I will begin enforcing June 1, require that in addition to the back-up alarm, dump-truck drivers must have either an observer signaling when it is safe to back up or a device such as a video camera that provides the driver with a full view of the area behind the dump truck. The requirements were adopted May 5 as emergency rules.

For more information, go to www.LNI.wa.gov/safety or call 800-423-7233.

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413 or nele235@LNI.wa.gov, or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.lni.wa.gov/News.

 

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